Maximum Rock 'n' Roll is Primal Screams second greatest hits album following on from 2004's Dirty Hits.However whereas that earlier album airbrushed out their first two albums and, of course, couldn't cover their subsequent four albums post 2004.
So what we have here is the complete story, from their early critically acclaimed C86 12-string guitar records right up until the flawed Chaosmosis. Indeed, with the exception of Screamdelica, XTRMNTR and the Memphis version of Give Out, many of their albums could be described as flawed...generally because they struggled to maintain quality outside an initial 2/3 singles for each. Which is why THIS record works so well...No filler, just hits.
The Scream have often been talked about as one of the most extraordinarily eclectic bands in the history of 'rock' music and this compilation provides the categoric proof of that.
If you only have a passing knowledge of Primal Scream this is an essential purchase. The quality and variation of music on here is totally unsurpassed. And they've done an amazing job of putting the best mixes on the record - a prime case in point being the criminally underrated 'Sometimes I feel so Lonely', here we find the limited 7" version of the record complete with 60's orchestra, kettle drums and a 'Langley School Music Project' style choir. It's simply beautiful.
With the release of the last years heartbreaking Give Out But Don't Give Up: The Original Memphis Recordings and now this, we have what feels like a final crossing of T's and dotting of i's...the slowing of a musical machine that has been the underlying soundtrack to the last 30+ years. The story now makes sense.